Food gatherer killed by wild elephants (Chachoengsao, Thailand)


Sonthanaporn Inchan, Bangkok Post

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A villager was trampled to death by wild elephants while collecting
wild produce with a friend in dense forest near the Khao Ang Ruenai
Wildlife Sanctuary in Sanam Chaikhet district on Monday afternoon,
police said.

The incident occurred about 4.30pm, according to police.

While they were foraging in the forest a herd of wild elephants
suddenly appeared and charged at them. They fled for their lives, but
only one of them emerged alive from the forest. The survivor reported
to the village headman that his friend was missing.

A search party comprising police, wildlife sanctuary officials and
about 30 rescue volunteers walked 2-3 kilometres into the forest from
Ban Nayao in tambon Tha Kradan.

After searching for more than an hour near the Khao Ang Ruenai
Wildlife Sanctuary they found Chalee Sophakul, 45. He had been stomped
to death by the elephants.

Chalee’s body was taken out of the forest to Ban Nayao about 9pm.